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Living with Dupuytren contracture

As long as Dupuytren contracture isn't stopping you from doing the things you want to do, you might not need treatment. Many of the home-based treatments people try don't seem to work.

However, if you have had a Dupuytren contracture, or are over 50 and have a family history of it, then stopping smoking and cutting back on alcohol would be a good idea, as it may reduce the chance of getting it.

If your Dupuytren is affecting the things you want to do with your hands, see How is Dupuytren treated? for your available options.

Who can help?

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on Healthpages.

West Coast DHB Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery Services

If appropriate, your GP can refer you to either of these services.

You may choose to pay to see a private plastic surgeon or a private orthopaedic surgeon.

Physiotherapist

Your surgeon may recommend physiotherapy after your surgery and refer you to the publicly funded West Coast DHB physiotherapy clinic.

Otherwise you may want to pay to see a private hand therapist or physiotherapist in Christchurch. Private physiotherapists are also available in Nelson, and Wanaka.

On the next page: How is Dupuytren treated?

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed October 2017.

See also:

Preparing for your doctor's visit

Sources

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